6 p.m. PDT
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Boston's Tim Thomas took the Vezina, with a heartfelt speech afterward, noting that a couple years ago, he was begging just for a roster spot.
Time for some more activities upstairs. Thanks for tagging along, I'll be back next week from Montreal.
2:55 p.m. PDT
The red carpet is underway, with Dan Bylsma, Evgeni Malkin and Maxim Talbot carrying out the Stanley Cup. I have yet to see Sidney Crosby.
Jeremy Roenick just arrived as well.
2:30 p.m. PDT
Live from the media/VIP room at the Palms. This is "business casual," but I'm not sure I'm representing very well when Backstrom is wearing a tie, and I'm not. He looks very dapper and just wrapped up a conversation with Manny Fernandez. Also here, though not up for an award, is Roberto Luongo.
11:30 a.m. PDT
My dad is one of those people who can be anywhere - anywhere, mainly airports - and run into someone he knows.
I say that because I just came across Wild TV's Dan Terhaar. He's out here for a conference, completely independent of the NHL Awards. He's looking forward to next week's Wild Road Trip.
9:45 a.m. PDT
Coming to you live from the Palms Sportsbook in Las Vegas, where the Wild was just unveiled as a 40-1 shot for the 2010 Stanley Cup. The Red Wings are the slight 11-2 favorite, with Pittsburgh right behind for a repeat at 5-1.
We have a couple hours until media availability, which takes place at 2 o'clock out here. An hour later is the Red Carpet event, and then we're all scheduled to be in our seats at 4 p.m. PDT. We have two lower and two upper level tickets -- goalie coach Bob Mason, who had dinner last night with Niklas Backstrom at the MGM, and GM Chuck Fletcher will be downstairs, while the nominees are in a different section.
Typically, when players are on the road, everyone is dressed in suits, etc. So this is a unique event, just because there's no real dress code for downtime. I saw Nicklas Lidstrom walking in front of The Belaggio last night with his wife and child. No one noticed him. Alex Ovechkin, participating in the celebrity poker tournament here at the Palms, was surrounded by people, both fans and security. When I got back to the hotel last night from a walk around Las Vegas Blvd., Ed Olczyk was chatting it up with Ray Ferraro and his wife, Cammi Granato.
That's it for now, and I'll have an update later on today.
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